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Yom Shishi, 29 Sivan 5777
Friday, June 23, 2017

Shavout

 

Shavout literaly means 'weeks', specifically the seven weeks counting from the second night of Passover. Shavuot started as an agricultural holiday when the 'first fruits' of the spring barely havest were brought to the Temple in Jerusalem. It has since also come to signify the period of fleeing Egypt until receiving the Torah at the foot of Mt. Sinai. It is traditon to read the Book of Ruth. It is often a time for new converts to be welcomed into the community, in honor of Ruth, Judaism's first convert. Other traditions include all night Torah study - to commemorate receiveing the Torah, and eating dairy foods - since the words of Torah are like 'milk and honey'!

Shavout often occurs after we have concluded our visits from our student rabbis, so only occasionally do we at TBI do something to commemorate this day. 

The Shavuot Issue of the Jewish Parent Page

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jpp-shavuot.pdfContent provided by the Union for Reform Judaism...

*Shavuot - Its history and meaning

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Shavuot is a Hebrew word meaning 'weeks' and refers to the Jewish festival marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Shavuot, like so many other Jewish holidays began as an ancient agricultural festival, marking the end of the spring barley harvest and…